St Lawrence's Church, Evesham, Worcestershire
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Centuries of inspiring craftwork
St Lawrence’s is full of activities for the whole family, taking you on a journey of historical discovery. Let your curiosity lead you to open boxes of treasures, wear a bishop’s mitre, peek around corners, try out the pulpit and summon ethereal music.
Nestled in the heart of Evesham’s historic centre, St Lawrence’s Church is part of a triptych of stunning architectural buildings, alongside the parish church of All Saints and the great perpendicular bell tower of the abbey.
The church - of Norman foundation but largely rebuilt in the 18th century - is imposing from the outside, displaying a great six-light window with elaborate tracery.
Once you step inside the true extent of detailed craftwork is revealed. Coloured light reflects throughout the chancel from the breath-taking stained glass windows that dominate the east wall. Depicting the last supper and the resurrection, they were designed by some of the most celebrated stained glass artists of the last 150 years.
Discover the intricately patterned fan vaulted ceiling of the sixteenth-century chapel of St Clement. This beautiful space has richly panelled arches and houses a simple and elegant fifteenth-century font.
From the eleventh century to the Arts & Crafts movement
A time capsule with glorious Cotswold views
A dazzling interior
- West door:Inner door 98 cm wide, shallow step and then level through to the nave.
- North Door: Level access from the grass but only 78 cm wide at narrowest point.
- One step up to the chancel then three more to the sanctuary and altar.
- Three steps down into South Chapel.
- Central aisle 124 cm wide.
- North and South side aisles: 94 cm wide
Facilities & Hire
There is no heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is operated manually.
Evesham town centre; from the west A4184 Abbey Road, take Vine Street and Market Place; from the east, B4035 Waterside, turn left into Bridge Street, shopping centre multi storey car park; church next to priory bell tower and parish church
Nearest railway station: Evesham (0.3 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.A walk round guide for St Lawrence's Church, Evesham
This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).Worcestershire & Herefordshire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Worcestershire & Herefordshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
Conservation and Regeneration
The tower and spire stonework were conserved in 2021 using lime mortar and a combination of repointing, mortar repairs and stone replacement.
Click here to download a copy of the Church Plan which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church. This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!
Latest church plan:Evesham Church Plan - November 2023.pdf 3
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